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Colliers International celebrates winners of 10th annual EMEA awards for employees

27 07 20 EMEA Awards hero

2020 winners feature UK-based employees from across a range of teams.

UK-based employees from across a range of teams are among the winners in Colliers International’s 10th annual EMEA Awards for employees.


They are: Michael Raibin, Director & Co-Head London City Fringe; Damian Harrington, Head of EMEA Research; Holly Brown, Head of Client Services; Andrew Hallissey, Executive Managing Director, Occupier Services; Rob Campkin, Head of EMEA Corporate Capital Solutions; Peter Leyburn, Head of Cross Border Tenant Representation; Esther Maraite, Associate Director EMEA Marketing; Sasha Richards, EMEA Talent Manager; Vicky Rakova, EMEA Academy Manager; Nash Hammond, Next Generation Development Manager; Sophia Kalpaka, EMEA People Development Manager; Ismail Mustafa, Knowledge and Problem Manager; and David Freeland, Senior Income Team Leader, London West End.


The internal awards are an opportunity to recognise, appreciate and reward colleagues annually for their dedication and professional achievements, and reflect the company’s values – Be enterprising, Collaborate, Invest in relationships, Be experts and Do what's right.


This year the 10 categories for which individuals could enter themselves or nominate colleagues were augmented by a special mention award to recognise colleagues who had gone ‘above and beyond during’ the COVID-19 pandemic.


There were a record number of submissions for this year’s awards, with nearly 200 nominations across 42 countries. The 2020 winners feature EMEA employees based in the UK, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Finland, Germany and Poland.


“None of us could have anticipated the events of this year and their impact on the physical and mental wellbeing of our employees and our communities,” said Chris McLernon, Colliers’ CEO EMEA. “So, we felt that this year, it was more important than ever to celebrate the talent within our business; and recognise those professionals that are creating and seizing opportunities, embracing change and thinking differently to generate new and better solutions.”


The 2020 winners are:


  • Michael Raibin, Director & Co-Head London City Fringe, UK for Community
  • Johanna Truffier, Consultant, France for Rising Star
  • Spain was the Country of the Year
  • Jeroen Bloemers, Director Marketing & Business Development and Frank Verwoerd, Head of Research, The Netherlands for Best Brand Initiative
  • Damian Harrington, Head of EMEA Research for Business Services
  • Holly Brown, Head of Client Services, EMEA for Service Excellence
  • Andrew Hallissey, Executive Managing Director, Occupier Services, EMEA for Leadership
  • Julia Navarro, Analyst, Spain for the Spirit of Colliers
  • Dominique Bredin, Directeur Corporate Solutions, France and Rob Campkin, Head of EMEA Corporate Capital Solutions for Cross Border Referral
  • Kesko Energy Team, Finland for Team Innovation
  • JanJaap Boogaard, Andrew Hallissey, Peter Leyburn, Damian Harrington, Esther Maraite, Sasha Richards, Vicky Rakova, Nash Hammond, Sophia Kalpaka, Ismail Mustafa all from EMEA teams; Eeva Jauro, Saija Tolvanen, Kati Häkkinen, Sami Manninen, Päivi Pirkonen in Finland; Thilo Kaiser and the Marketing & Communications team in Germany; Monika Rajska-WoliƄska in Poland; Dirk Bakker and the Dutch Management Board, Eric Annaert, Jeroen Bloemers, Justin Arnoli, Richard Boersema, Harold Coenders, Hil Bos, Ljuboff Kazakov, Hanne Schlaghecke, Job Paarlberg, Joost Ran, Ruben den Uyl and Rudy Litjens in The Netherlands; and David Freeland in the UK received the Special Mention Award.

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Chris McLernon

Chief Executive Officer | EMEA


EMEA Headquarters

As Chief Executive Officer for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Chris is responsible for the growth and strategic direction of the business in the region. Bringing a depth of experience in building and growing businesses in mature and emerging markets, Chris has played an integral role in growing Colliers International into its current position as a top three global commercial real estate services provider.

Passionate about providing our clients with the highest level of service, Chris is committed to ensuring a seamless service experience across our complete range of services offered in the 43 countries in which we operate in the region.

In addition to his role as CEO in the EMEA, Chris is also a member of the global senior executive team that sets the vision and strategy for Colliers International.

Chris’ real estate career began in 1987 when he joined Colliers International as an office leasing advisor in Toronto. One of the most active top producers in Canada, he received awards for completing the most transactions in a single year in 1991, 1992 and 1993.

In 1994, Chris relocated to Mexico City to build the Latin America business. In his five years there, he was lead principal on four major acquisitions in Mexico, Brazil, Peru and Columbia. In 1998, he was appointed CEO for the region.

In 1999, Chris moved to Miami, home to over 500 Latin American headquarters, to set up the regional corporate solutions team.

Chris returned to Toronto in 2002 and expanded his responsibility as CEO of EMEA, focusing on the growth of the emerging European markets and leading acquisitions in six countries in Southeast Europe, the UK, Ireland, Spain and the Netherlands. In 2008, he moved to London where he set up the EMEA headquarters.

In 2012, Chris served as lead principal in the acquisition of the Colliers German affiliate, bringing five cities and 230 professionals into the fold.

In 2014, he was lead principal in the acquisition of the AOS Group, the premier occupier-focused business in Europe, in a deal that added to the company 430 professionals across 10 countries in multiple service lines.

Throughout his career, Chris has delivered exceptional service, fulfilling the real estate needs of major corporations such as Nortel Networks, Federal Express, Oracle Corporation, Cisco Systems, Compaq, Dun & Bradstreet, Ford Motor Land, Microsoft, Regus Business Centers and Silicon Graphics.

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